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Tom Bianchi: Fire Island Pines: Polaroids 1975-1983, Limited Edition

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This collector's edition of Tom Bianchi's Fire Island Pines is limited to 67 numbered copies, and comes in a special orange cloth slipcase with a tipped-in cover image. It also contains a fine art giclee print signed and numbered by Bianchi. In 1970, fresh out of law school, Bianchi began traveling to New York, and was invited to spend a weekend at Fire Island Pines, where This collector's edition of Tom Bianchi's Fire Island Pines is limited to 67 numbered copies, and comes in a special orange cloth slipcase with a tipped-in cover image. It also contains a fine art giclee print signed and numbered by Bianchi. In 1970, fresh out of law school, Bianchi began traveling to New York, and was invited to spend a weekend at Fire Island Pines, where he encountered a community of gay men. Using an SX-70 Polaroid camera, Bianchi documented his friends' lives in the Pines, amassing an image archive of people, parties and private moments. These images, published here for the first time, and accompanied by Bianchi's moving memoir of the era, record the birth and development of a new culture. Soaked in sun, sex, camaraderie and reverie, Fire Island Pines conjures a magical bygone era.


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This collector's edition of Tom Bianchi's Fire Island Pines is limited to 67 numbered copies, and comes in a special orange cloth slipcase with a tipped-in cover image. It also contains a fine art giclee print signed and numbered by Bianchi. In 1970, fresh out of law school, Bianchi began traveling to New York, and was invited to spend a weekend at Fire Island Pines, where This collector's edition of Tom Bianchi's Fire Island Pines is limited to 67 numbered copies, and comes in a special orange cloth slipcase with a tipped-in cover image. It also contains a fine art giclee print signed and numbered by Bianchi. In 1970, fresh out of law school, Bianchi began traveling to New York, and was invited to spend a weekend at Fire Island Pines, where he encountered a community of gay men. Using an SX-70 Polaroid camera, Bianchi documented his friends' lives in the Pines, amassing an image archive of people, parties and private moments. These images, published here for the first time, and accompanied by Bianchi's moving memoir of the era, record the birth and development of a new culture. Soaked in sun, sex, camaraderie and reverie, Fire Island Pines conjures a magical bygone era.

30 review for Tom Bianchi: Fire Island Pines: Polaroids 1975-1983, Limited Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anthony McGill

    REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST. A stimulating assembly of Tom Bianchi's polaroid photos depicting the care free days of "so many men, so little time" is a must for anyone interested in gay history. Filled with fascinating "candid" snapshots of the glory days of the gay Pines area of Fire Island, it will intrigue you with so many memories of that very special time as well as filling you with heartbreak and sadness, realizing how many of these men were taken too soon as the scourge of AIDS wreaked havoc REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST. A stimulating assembly of Tom Bianchi's polaroid photos depicting the care free days of "so many men, so little time" is a must for anyone interested in gay history. Filled with fascinating "candid" snapshots of the glory days of the gay Pines area of Fire Island, it will intrigue you with so many memories of that very special time as well as filling you with heartbreak and sadness, realizing how many of these men were taken too soon as the scourge of AIDS wreaked havoc on the community. The real charm of Bianchi's book are all the polaroids. Must be hundreds of them, some spread four to a page and being so candid and un posed, giving the impression the reader is combing through someone's private scrapbook. And the fact that they have that distinctive 70s/80s faded photographic look, so distinctive from the glitzy, polished look of later years gives a real legitimacy to all these fabulous photos. A very special book!

  2. 4 out of 5

    John

    takes you back before the Plague--- ---when fun was??? --playing hide & seek & then a swim & a sauna---

  3. 4 out of 5

    David Walters

    Fire Island Pines is a collection of photographs of gay life on Fire Island taken by Tom Bianchi. Many of them are of course photos of naked or semi-naked men, who are often young, and also often handsome and attractive. Others are photos of people with their clothes on, landscapes, boats, the ocean, beaches, buildings, things such as trees with cans of Crisco nailed to them, and in one case even a dog. The book includes a short foreword by the novelist Edmund White and a lengthy introduction by Fire Island Pines is a collection of photographs of gay life on Fire Island taken by Tom Bianchi. Many of them are of course photos of naked or semi-naked men, who are often young, and also often handsome and attractive. Others are photos of people with their clothes on, landscapes, boats, the ocean, beaches, buildings, things such as trees with cans of Crisco nailed to them, and in one case even a dog. The book includes a short foreword by the novelist Edmund White and a lengthy introduction by Bianchi, in which he discusses, in a brutally frank manner, the lifestyle of drug use and promiscuity typical of gay men who frequented Fire Island, a lifestyle that had deadly consequences for some. After providing a fairly lengthy list of many of the drugs in widespread use at the time his photographs were taken, Bianchi writes that, "If someone our age died back then, it was likely an overdose." He notes that the drugs damaged many of those they did not kill outright. Bianchi concludes his introduction by discussing the onset of the AIDS epidemic, which killed many of his friends.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marco

    An absolute masterpiece. This is one of the most touching and most visually stunning books you could ever come across. Read the story to enjoy, and actually understand, the meaning of the Polaroids.

  5. 4 out of 5

    H

    Pride Month Rec #10: Tom Bianchi: Fire Island Pines: Polaroids 1975-1983 [a little gay visual history never hurt anyone] _____________________ Loved it. Review TC.

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